Gary Steigerwalt - Hopekirk: Piano Works (2017)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:58:04 | 96 MB
Label: Toccata Classics
The Scottish musician Helen Hopekirk (1856–1945) was regarded as one of the major concert pianists of her generation. She also made a lasting contribution as a piano teacher in Boston, Mass., after her emigration in 1897. The early pieces can sound like Brahms in the Highlands, and her later works marry Debussyan Impressionism with Hebridean folk-music, to evocative, touching and exhilarating effect. This is the first album dedicated to her music. Gary Steigerwalt, who is writing a biography of Helen Hopekirk, recently retired as a professor on the music faculty of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where he taught for 35 years. He gave the first performance in over a century of her Concertstück with the Mount Holyoke College Symphony Orchestra in 2015.